Curriculum

Loyola’s online music therapy master’s program offers two tracks – a 36-credit track for music therapists who already hold the MT-BC credential and wish to develop advanced clinical skills research or business skills, and a 60-credit track that provides comprehensive education and training for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. music, music education, psychology, etc.) and wish to become Board-Certified Music Therapists. Coursework for both tracks includes:

  • 18 Music Therapy core credit hours
  • 2 advanced practicum credit hours
  • 1-2 thesis or scholarly project credit hours
  • 14 electives credit hours

Students who are not Board-Certified music therapists and are enrolled in the 60-credit track will take additional undergraduate-level music therapy courses, as well as participate in a six-month internship to gain real-world experience. Depending on which courses they are taking, students may be required to come to campus once per semester for 2 to 5 days. Read on for a full breakdown of required master’s-level coursework, as well as a list of undergraduate courses for students in the 60-credit track.

Music Therapy Core Courses (18 credits)

MUTY M702: Music Therapy Research (3 crs.)

This course focuses on theoretical and methodological foundations of quantitative, qualitative, and historical research methods relevant to music therapy research including research problems, research design, data collection and analysis, and ethical considerations.

MUTY M704: Music Therapy Supervision (2 crs.)

This course provides an overview of music therapy supervision including an overview of ethical and multicultural considerations, establishing and maintaining effective supervisory relationships, and methods of evaluation.

MUTY M705: Advanced Music Psychotherapy Models (3 credits)

This course introduces students to advanced psychotherapeutic models & practices in music therapy. Students will learn how to integrate music therapy methods to fit within psychological and music-centered theories of practice.

MUTY M706: Music Therapy in Medicine (3 crs.)

Students will be introduced to the advanced music therapy methods used in medical settings for procedural support, symptom management, and to address emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with chronic and life-limiting illnesses.

MUTY M718: Music Therapy Theories (2 crs.)

This course will provide an overview of the neurological, developmental, and music centered theories that provide the foundation for music therapy practice.

MUTY M720: Multicultural Issues in Music Therapy  (2 crs.)

This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural concepts and critical theories as they relate to music therapy. It also equips students with tools to synthesize and reflect critically and analytically on their own cultural experiences as they relate to their learning in this field of study.

NURS 905: Ethics & Social Justice (3 crs.)

This course examines the nature and practice of biomedical, administrative/organizational, and population ethics with an emphasis on the application of ethical and social justice frameworks for analysis and decision-making by providers, patients, systems and populations experiencing ethical conundrums. A conceptual analysis of social justice in healthcare allows the student to seek ethically defensible solutions at these levels to healthcare dilemmas.

MUTY M822: Research Apprenticeship

This course is designed to teach students how to conduct music therapy research. Students will participate as a member of a research team for an ongoing faculty research project. This course has a $50 course fee.

Music Therapy Practicum (2 credits)

MUTY M703: Advanced Practicum (2 crs.)

With a focus on advanced music therapy clinical techniques and practice, this course enhances the student’s knowledge of the current music therapy research done with a client population of the student’s choice. Students enroll in this course for at least 2 semesters, but the course is 1 credit per semester. This course has a $50.00 course fee.

Thesis or Scholarly Project (1-2 credits)

Students in the Master of Music Therapy program will have a choice between a thesis and a scholarly project. The thesis is a research study. All forms of research are acceptable including, quantitative, qualitative, and historical. The scholarly project is a clinical project designed to further develop an area of clinical practice that is of interest to the student.

Music Therapy Electives (14 credits)

The elective portion of the music therapy master’s program consists of 14 credits taken in courses chosen in consultation with their advisor. Electives will vary and offerings are likely to expand, but sample courses include:

MUTY M812: Guided Imagery & Music Level I (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the development of Introductory Level I skills in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) as sanctioned by the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI). This course involves group participation to develop self-awareness, acceptance, and effective interpersonal skills. This course requires one week on campus, and students who choose this elective will speak with their advisor to determine options.

MUTY M814: Advanced Research Methods (3 crs.)

This course provides an overview of advanced research methods including mixed methods, arts-based, and action research; microanalysis, systematic reviews, and qualitative synthesis.

MUTY M820: Music Therapy Group Work

An overview of group therapy theory and its application to music therapy group work are the focus of this course.
Prerequisite: MUTY M705 Advanced Music Psychotherapy Models or permission of the instructor.

Additional Courses for Non-Board-Certified Students (23 credits)

Students who are not Board-Certified music therapists and hold an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. music, music education, psychology, etc.) will prepare for the master’s degree and certification by participating in a six-month internship program and by taking 23 credits of undergraduate-level music therapy courses designed to provide comprehensive training. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Music Therapy (2 crs.)
  • Music Therapy In Education & Habilitation (3 crs.)
  • Music Therapy in Health Care (3 crs.)
  • Music Therapy in Mental Health & Wellness (3 crs.)
  • Orientation to Field Studies (1 cr.)
  • Recreative & Compositional Methods (2 crs.)
  • Receptive Methods (2 crs.)
  • Clinical Improvisation (2 crs.)
  • Psychology of Music (3 crs.)
  • Field Studies II (1 cr.)
  • Field Studies III (1 cr.)
  • Field Studies IV (1 cr.)
  • Internship (1 cr.)